Ratto and Slusser talk about the newest addition to the Oakland A's Manny Ramirez.
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Look at it chronicle live by Farmers Insurance I am Jim -- more. And we got the panelists here to talk about Manny Ramirez someone well under forties it's in my left she's also the -- beat writer that is -- Lester what a good way to start our spring training coverage. Yeah you know this isn't really surprised that it's still big news it's Manny Ramirez -- you know mania Landon Manny being Manny and I think it's he's gonna create some interest -- this team and there wasn't necessarily going to be a lot of national attention paid the -- this year now. Many creates. A lot of interest and more Mike glowing introduction of the under forty is softer they'll go to the greatest they're good. -- -- radical entire Soccer City parents are better at CSN Bay Area back up a race all I can hopefully get up what do way to make history here with chronicle live on the road spring training why Manny Ramirez for the -- now -- 'cause they couldn't get Jeremy Lin. -- up up up the look it's one of those classic Billy -- deals it's the low risk high reward thing where. If Manny. Does well then -- a genius debated as poorly while Manny was done and we already knew he was done so it really is I mean there's not much risk involved here. It's half a million dollars per guy's gonna play a hundred games if they don't it doesn't strike lightning they don't trade him at the trade deadline. So I mean it's really in terms of impact on the a's long term it's negligible but for the moment this season said it but. So last year go back to his year he was one for seventeen with Tampa Bay he retires on April early in April. And so the court I believe April -- he retires but then he decides to un retire or ask for reinstatement -- this -- -- -- all this -- When he apply for reinstatement Terry in the winter meetings and the decision was made to reduce his suspension from the hundreds of fifty games. He'll be eligible play in the spring training games he can play an exhibition games in Japan obviously not the two regular season games. And then he can go to extended spring training to the it's getting really good long look at him and the disagree with one thing that -- said there is some risk to this. The a's wanted to get another ideas their rebuilding. They wanted to get a look at some of their younger hitting prospects guys that could be here for a long time. And they're not can get nearly as much time to look at those guys certainly did his thing. Those first fifty games -- -- they -- some of those guys out there and get a look but you know the impression was that we're getting was it was gonna want to be assessment than Johnny knows and that spot. But what I'm gonna guess that is if they went to the trouble signing mean. Maybe they didn't like what they have. Because at some point you've got to. Conclude that they're gonna do this they must feel that there's a need for me any in their line up that the guys they already don't have can't fill. It doesn't make any sense otherwise I mean if they really like those other guys there's no need for Manny at all. Buzz or no -- but the fact is they signed them because they feel that he fits a need to -- clearly can't. Can't deal with right now it seems to me. And Susan is there some to be said even if you're gonna go as the a's do with the rebuild. Don't you like to have a guy who's been through the wars before who young guys can learn from well yeah and especially with bringing in -- and -- -- this the Cuban star who speaks at a virtually no English and has never played. Pro ball the United States having some unlike Manny Ramirez who is bilingual has seen at all. Has played here for a long long time I think that'll be good for says that does not people might look at and go -- crazy Manny Ramirez as a mentor for young player. But he's a great hitter and his work ethic is off the chart senseless people always say everyone I know. That has ever played with Manny says you would not believe his work ethic so I think that's probably a good thing for young player likes us the -- to see especially from a of fellow Latin player. Is he still looked at as a great hitter or someone who has an asterisk because maybe there was -- enhancement. By some outside interest and have an unusual drug test at one point. Well I mean he's looked. He's always gonna -- the masters for people wanna put it there. The only troublesome thing for me is that he was awful and camped just it looked like he was done. So this is a bigger question mark than it would have been -- say they've signed him in the spring of 2011. Because he'd been coming off. You know Goodyear after Goodyear after Goodyear to Goodyear temple was a disaster form so this is in some ways what he's got to do to remake himself as a baseball player per season after they get that. Long look at him before it's ready to put him on the roster not want you to project. What is he in an Oakland a's uniform position wise and where is he in the order. -- only DH and only the cleanup hitter I mean you're only adding him. To be a threat in the lineup they don't have much power Jonny Gomes is their guy with the most power so the middle of the order you concede just from a baseball standpoint paid. May be having this that will help these other young guys so from that simply makes sense if he has anything left and he actually started off in Tampa last spring pretty well and it was during the season when there was parity -- idea. That the drug test was coming up a lot of scouts I talked to said he looked like he'd given up at that point so. Mix on how he was looking last year in Tampa good during the spring not so -- once those rumblings of the drug test came out. If you end up getting numbers like he got out of Hideki Matsui last year after the all star break you've got to be doing cartwheels right rent -- -- gives you that you got to be excited. Well yeah but if he gives you the numbers and Matsui gave him for the all star break. You've got to be depressed I mean that's the thing he's he's a complete. Mystery. To everybody and I don't care you know how much Billy scouted him. I don't care how many people saw him you know from the moment that he -- to suspension and did all that we don't know if this is Manny Ramirez anymore. We know it's a guy with his name but we're not sure if that's the -- your mirrors of five years ago one year ago six weeks ago we had no idea. Do we know season after the reinstatement. For Manny who called whom first was Billy on the phone to them or work. -- man he's represented represented its calling around. You know I do not know for sure but I know the a's did wanna add another bat so -- talked to Ramirez they were still talking a little bit -- Hideki Matsui they talked to Johnny Damon. I think they put in a called Vladimir Guerrero so. They wanted to add about my guesses and you know somebody calls somebody for -- it doesn't matter the a's are looking. If it's a disaster and he's -- no 95 hitter like he was in Tampa. They still got word of mouth they still got some attention is at the worst thing in the world food an a's team that has not been a playoff team since 2000 that haven't been a winning team since 2006. Well no could he hit so 95 it's a disastrous miscalculation because. You stacking up against all the other guys like Manny that they signed since 06. That turned out not to do well piazza. Again Kendall was never very good he was he was 05 -- Giambi -- par. Thumb its its the latest in a long string of guys like that and it's for. If he's -- 95 it means that Billy once again has cast his lot with a guy who's done and that means -- may -- his eye for talent is a little bit jaded. When they brought in Matsui year ago a lot of attention a lot of the positive from the Asian media. Now you've got man ram coming -- are you expecting the circus on an everyday basis he's coming in later in the week. If this is a bigger market if Oakland was an -- -- say yes but I think this'll kind of blow over quickly because you know -- the a's go under the radar even in. The market that we're in the answer under the radar. To mean Manny it's you spend so the whole thing has gone over so much and he's he's a little bit of a chameleon that's fascinating. But I think the national media will come in for a day and then probably leaving out. Susan's luster thanks for coming all the way over here helping us out in this big story you're the first one to get it last week. And on Tuesday all -- all the time you're there with a -- as well we'll have Bob Melvin. And more excited now absolutely no I'll have a better production tomorrow have a break you stick around I'm not as excited about that.
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And it's with great excitement and given the crowd here today greater Simon will we announced via. Signing of Hideki Matsui to a one year contract. Most of the people this rumor familiar with this. His work the last few years with the Yankees
We're very honored and pleased to be joined by Hideki Matsui and his interpreter read downstairs and gentlemen. How much relief was it for you executive finally get this over with it took
Matsui talks about hitting his first walk-off home run as a member of the A's.
It's time to get the kinks out. I think we're just trying to improve every time in the pre season every game from one Matsui is probably the biggest since you wanna see improvement. You know you want take care of the ball a little more that we need
That. I we're we're different personalities. He's he's fiery. Bryan has an edge you don't know it's it's Matsui is an. You know anything he's he can emotional he's all about winning and now. You know he's yeah. He's there he
I had the opportunity to. Play against him more numerous occasions the same division. And it became the very rival between Matsui and I tell you what one thing that's you know you wanna get out of is a 110% because of the score because of the situation
Come to several players that comes up to my mind person I received email from my nature. And also. Former teammate of mine Matsui . Play for the next several years ago and also hockey you tomorrow. There little thing infielders that. Made an appearance
You know we wanna go to go with the ball and emphasize that it may cause me to chase down so I schedule Moshood to a great job this week of he knows. The paranoid breaking well over every Simone was Thomas played him just Matsui Lucic.
of and knocks the rust off so to speak from the days often. Those guys came ran hard and This week is a big win for us and Matsui no news from there are today. No we're known as anonymous who aren't there lists actually have on tournament the you know
don't matter 20082 endorsements would matter. Oprah for Obama. And that Colin how other than that you know most of Doris Matsui discount let's. I think it struck I think they are sort of again you know and when you're looking at daddies get political
young guy is he's such a talk about that Colin cap predicted how it affects the offense on the very next play when it Alex Matsui through an interception in the end zone so. They dialed back the amount of plays for cap for next. They decided exists stick
been. A hard time in China. Give it just in his game you know coming. Am focused that's it you know defensive there in. Matsui season united and I had a very good team do you see this little smile my. Marmol was just a lot of defenders and a lot of other
knows how to make adjustments you know Michael little lineup once put. The second time really pretty strong through it and Matsui Davis made the adjustments and I think we got on the fastball more laid off the off skewed. And this thing the most important
for Japan. For the players are greeted warmly at Tokyo's everyday air. Our free experience them and that's kind of what Matsui went through every their rosters so it's kind of gives me the working well. I guess that's that's kind of what you expected
getting numbers like he got out of Hideki Matsui last year after the all star break ..... if he gives you the numbers and Matsui gave him for the all star break ..... were still talking a little bit Hideki Matsui they talked to Johnny Damon. I
want that person yesterday. Good or Chris DiMarco two and You kind of happened in Chicago just keeps going on and never gets Matsui but you know take when We've had a lot of hard work out there and then you know our specialty accurately if a couple of points
Matsui waiting for us downstairs along with the interpreter Roger talent we appreciate you guys stopping by and a gentleman that He
Bob Melvin talks about Hideki Matsui's three double game and sweeping the Mariners
Melvin thinks Moscoso got better as the game progressed, and calls Matsui's double the hit of the game.
in the game. In baseball the game beat the Blue Jays 103 north of the border the Green and gold got a big game from Hideki Matsui who went four for six and two wins and two runs meanwhile. On the mound Guillermo Moscoso and picked up his fifth
coliseum king Felix struck out nine in Casper Wells his first home run. As a member of the one bright spot for the Hideki Matsui went through before He raised his season average to shoot 64. Christmas there's not a gridiron where both 49ers
in today felt a little better yesterday. For them. Yeah I don't think we're quite there it was. Was to play in. Club Matsui and Willingham isn't just a precautionary thing I'm in the Willingham said last night that is Phillies pretty good so just
thirteen runs on seventeen hits in a blowout of Tampa Bay Oakland what a spot in the fourth against James Shields homers by. That Matsui and Ryan Sweeney Trevor Cahill did the rest scattering four hits over seven. Third. Big lineup for you coming up later today